In The Style Of Christmas Decorating Ideas

Home at the Holidays beauty reigns supreme with in the style of Christmas decorating ideas gifting guided inspiration.

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House & Garden – Photography by Michael Sinclair

Imitation is the most sincerest form of flattery, especially at this most wonderful time of the year.

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Stavith Crystal and Metal 8-light Chandelier

Sourcing furnishings and decor items in the style of consists of searching sites for antiques as well as new pieces that complement the primary style, and then utilizing those finds to create visual harmony, balance, and beauty.

SAFAVIEH Kashan Velitchka Oriental Rug with Fringe

SAFAVIEH Kashan Velitchka Oriental Rug with Fringe

King George III Settee

King George III Settee

La Rosa 69 in. Opal Grey Velvet 2-Seater Chesterfield Loveseat with NailheadsLa Rosa Velvet 2-Seater Chesterfield Loveseat

 

Pair Country French Paint Decorated Candelabra Sconces

Antique Gold Leaf Classic Mirror

Antique Gold Leaf Classic Mirror

Vintage 1940’s Mahogany 5 Drawer Hand Painted French Commode (1)

Vintage 1940’s Mahogany 5 Drawer Hand Painted French Commode

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Victoria Magazine – Photography by Stephanie W. Steele

Greenery, gold, and the glow of candlelight mingle to set the quintessential Christmas scene.

Italian Florentine Vintage Gilt Painted Chest of Drawers

Italian Florentine Vintage Gilt Painted Chest of Drawers

Artist Signed Framed European Meadow Scene Oil Painting On Canvas

Artist Signed Framed European Meadow Scene Oil Painting On Canvas

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Vintage Italian Florentine Wooden Wall Plaque Italy1

Vintage Italian Florentine Wooden Wall Plaque Italy

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Antique Brass Tassel Footed Tray

Antique Brass Tassel Footed Tray

antique jardiniere

Antique Jardiniere

Single Mid 20th Century Italian Giltwood Wall Shelf Bracket

Single Mid 20th Century Italian Giltwood Wall Shelf Bracket

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Elle DecorJohn Derian

I don’t believe I’d go as far as to associate this unique Christmas tree with a designer version of a Charlie Brown tree for beauty is in the eye and the urn table vase of the beholder.

Traditional Aluminum Bucket Wine Cooler

Traditional Aluminum Bucket Wine Cooler

Unique reinterpretations of traditional ways have the ability to result in a visually glorious outcome.

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Handmade Ceramic Table Vase

Robins-Song-print-blue-dress Robin’s Song – Fine Art Print

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In the style of serves more as a guideline. More often than not sourcing the exact items hits a wall in terms of locating the source of purchase.

Redpoll Birds Illustration

Redpoll Birds Illustration

Borrowing from (not outwardly copying which is a design no-no) an impressive look seems to gain speed at the holiday season.

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Barry Dixon welcomes Christmas to the spaces and places of Elway Hall.

Large vintage brass chandelier with glass pendants. handmade

Large Vintage Brass Chandelier with Glass Prisms

Halls decked with thoughtful holiday hospitality the goal, touches and traditions depict an air of holiday finery in grand casual form.

Paris Market 6 Light Antique White Chandelier

Paris Market 6 Light Antique White Chandelier

marble bust drawing

Marble Bust Drawing

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Bust sketch drawing

Bust Sketch Drawing

Elegant Victoria Floral Engraved with Handle Serving Tray

Elegant Victoria Floral Engraved with Handle Serving Tray

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 Flower Magazine – Photography by Erik Kvalsvik

Collected accents blending with the presence of natural accents and lighting achieve the cabin-like overtone in the breakfast room.

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Antique Four-Door Corner Cabinet Cupboard

Antique 19th Century Four-Door Corner Cabinet Cupboard

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Staffordshire Figure on Horse

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Johnson Brothers “Friendly Village” Oval Serving Bowl

Set of 6 Cups and Saucers - EIT

Set of 6 Cups and Saucers – EIT

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Flower Magazine – Photography by Mary Craven Dawkins

Genius and gorgeous Christmas decorating ideas are well worth repeating and reproducing.

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Southern Living Magazine – Photography by Hector Manuel Sanchez

Whole or dried oranges, bay leaves and cinnamon sticks grouped together and placed in a decorative bowl or atop a serving platter become a festive and fragrant Christmas decoration.

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Sullivans Urns – Set of 2, Silver

Embellishing further with perhaps a decorative tassel draped across the top or to the side produces a simple yet elegant accent.

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Southern Lady Magazine

Conversing with a fellow decorista brought up the subject of when do you begin decorating home and hearth for Christmas/the Holidays.

Believe it or not, I know someone who keeps the Christmas tree up all year long- loves it and it brings joy to the home.

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Midwest Living

You’d be surprised the number of folk who for various reasons do not wish to decorate for the holidays, and believe me I get it.

My mother-in-law was one who fell into the latter category, and for many years I didn’t get it.

Vintage Crescent Silver Mfg Co Silver Plated Metal Footed Bowl with grapevine pattern

Crescent Silver Plated Metal Footed Bowl with Grapevine Pattern

Older and with many life miles on me, I understand, but as I did with my mother-in-law I still suggest at least one little something placed here or there to reflect the season.

One lovely bowl filled with fresh clippings, buds, and blooms sitting atop a book becomes a festive focal point.

Vintage Books Mixed Lot of 8 Decorative Customizable by Colors

Vintage Books Mixed Lot of 8 Decorative Customizable by Colors

Following my own suggestion I filled a cut crystal bowl with an array of Christmas tree balls, and, voilà, a holiday decoration comes forth.

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Waiting to decorate the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve is a fascinating prospect, one that crescendos to the main event in oh, what fun seasonal splendor.

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Adorning a chandelier with vintage or in the style of vintage ornaments is a home for the holidays Christmas decorating ideas classic that is  delightfully elegant in presence and simple to achieve.

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Better Homes & Gardens

Oh come, let us adorn thee.

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Country Living Magazine

Introduce a sense of simple elegance into your holiday decor by decorating a chandelier(s) with garland and glass ornaments looped in ribbon in your choice of colors and material.

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Charlotte Moss

Classic colors of blue and white befit winter’s color palette.

Spode Blue Italian Hexagonal Vase

Spode Blue Italian Hexagonal Vase

Visits to the grocery store this time of year go with the it’s the holidays territory.

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Keep it seasonal simple by picking up a fresh holiday bouquet from the floral department for centerpieces and spot arrangements.

French Country Fireside Lounge Chair

French Country Fireside Lounge Chair

Blue and White Christmas Tree Plate

Blue and White Christmas Tree Plate

Seasonal fruits become stunning decorations.

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Charlotte Moss

Small touches take the ordinary to holiday extraordinary.

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Ballard Designs

Well-appointed home for the holidays decorating ideas do not have to be costly to be remarkable.

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White Cast Stone Fiberglass Ornate Low Urn

White Cast Stone Fiberglass Ornate Low Urn

Balsam Mixed Greens Fresh Wreath

Balsam Mixed Greens Fresh Wreath

Pears paired with fresh greenery and placed in a decorative urn housing bottles of your favorite holiday beverage on ice becomes a festive beverage  holder focal point.

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Photo by Jodie Morgan 

Absolutely gorgeous describes the details found in these French Lyre back chairs.

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French Louis XVI Style Painted Opera Chairs 

Pair of Mid-19th Century French Louis XVI Style Painted Opera Chairs
Pair of French Giltwood and Cane Lyre Back Chairs, Second Empire Period

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Midwest Living

Neutral-toned antiques and quality antique reproductions layers a space in softness.

HENREDON French Louis XV Style 2 Door Armoire

HENREDON French Louis XV Style 2 Door Armoire

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loden green 1 1/2" swiss velvet ribbon

Loden Green 1½” Swiss Velvet Ribbon

Farmhouse Style Distress Painted Graduated Open Bookcase

Farmhouse Style Distress Painted Graduated Open Bookcase

Antique Hand Carved Painted Royal Rocking Horse

Antique Hand Carved Painted Royal Rocking Horse

Hanging a wreath(s) or greenery bunches from the top of a door (armoire, cabinet, exterior) with ribbon adds a custom touch to your holiday decorating presentation.

Finding wider ribbon works best, I like to use a ribbon that is at least 2½” wide.

Festive kitchen

House & Home

This look is winter woodland wonderful straight through to the first sign of spring.

 20-ft Fresh Cedar Christmas Garland

Park Designs Wintertime White Platter

Park Designs Wintertime White Platter

Pinecone Flameless Candle

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Green House 24″ Plastic Greenery Swag with Needle Pine

Vintage~9.5 Tall~Decorative Woodland QUARTZ CLOCK

Vintage 9.5 Tall Decorative Woodland

Vintage Bread Boards Extra Large

Vintage Bread Boards Extra Large

Some are just beginning to deck where others halls have long been decked and ready to impress.

Whenever the time is right for you consider one of these in the style of Christmas decorating ideas.

Merry Christmas!

Darleen-signature-love

 

 

 

Dorm Digs Decor Ideas and Tips

Dorm digs decor ideas and tips are on the project list for the pretty on a penny back to campus crowd.

dorm-digs-decor-ideas-and-tipsDorm decor is a study in ever evolving styles and tastes.  Back to campus condos, townhouses, apartments, sorority and fraternity house rooms and the furniture pieces that fill them class is in session.

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Typical standard dorm room space comes in around 12′ X 20′ with  the most common bed twin XL measuring 80″ long X 38″ wide.

Popular area rug sizes:

4′ X 6′

5′ X 8′

6′ X 9′

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Soft Fluffy Area Rug 

For under $45.00 you can add this 5′ X 8′ soft fluffy area rug in seventeen color choices to your dorm decor ideas must have list.

SAFAVIEH Handmade Dip Dye Caron Floral Watercolor Wool Rug - 3' x 5' - Beige/Gold

SAFAVIEH Floral Watercolor Wool Rug – 3′ x 5′ – Beige/Gold

As one who is all about the mix and mingle, my primary dorm digs decor ideas and tips is to layer colors, textures, and patterns which will add depth and contrast to the space.

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Lady Skirts Framed Wall Art

CO-Z Retro Table Lamp with Pleated Empire Lamp Shade

Stanley 40 oz. Quencher H2.0 FlowState Tumbler

ABS Multifunction Storage Table Stackable Detachable Organizer

pink-bedspread-dorm-decor-ideasForever 21 Floral Quilt Set

Pink is having a hot moment, and for the decoristas who think pink, it comes as no surprise.  Popular opinion associates the color pink with love, romance, passion, and comfort.

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I’ve loved the color pink ever since my mother placed a Sherwin-Williams paint fan deck in front of me in order for me to select the color of my bedroom walls during the great ranch remodel of 1967.

I’ll never be accused of being a Johnny-come-lately to the color pink palette scene, and am enjoying this current in the pink moment.

Renaissance Chalk Finish Paint

Renaissance Chalk Finish Paint

If the color pink is in your dorm digs decor ideas and in your shopping rounds you come across a piece that hits all the right notes except the color is not a perfect think pink, think paint.

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Pick out a shade, pick up a pint and a paintbrush, and customize to your liking.

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Dorm Room Decor

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Printed Microfiber 3-Pc. Sheet Set

Forever 21 Cooling Microfiber Patterned Sheet Set

Forever 21 Cooling Microfiber Patterned Sheet Set

Among the aisles and the sites of department, big box, chain and discount stores your back to campus treasure hunt finds awaits.

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Reversible Microfiber Solid Comforter 

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Dorm Room for Him

Selections featured throughout this post hopefully will spark inspiration and give you some ideas.

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Dorm Room Decor

Night Owl Canvas Wall Art

Night Owl Canvas Wall Art

Gone are the dorm days of anything will do furnishings.

chic-swivel-barrel-chairChic Swivel Barrel Chair 

Thank goodness the old school school of thought has taken a page from the book of personal style.

Corner Table Wood Triangle Bookshelf with Protection Door in Gold

Corner Table Wood Triangle Bookshelf with Protection Door in Gold

Let’s scroll and source, shall we?

Gold Tripod Table Lamp with White Feather

Gold Tripod Table Lamp with White Feather

Gold Tripod Table Lamp with Pink Feather

Gold Tripod Table Lamp with Pink Feather

Small spot accent tables fill in the blanks without filling up the space.

Jaclyn 15.4 in. White and Gold Round Marble Top End Table Jaclyn 15.4 in. White and Gold Round Marble Top End Table

 

Zimtown Modern Side End Accent C Table

Zimtown Modern Side End Accent C Table

Mr. Kate Stella Accent Table - White

Mr. Kate Stella Accent Table – White

Black Rattan End or Side Table with Storage Doors and Gold Accents

Black Rattan End or Side Table with Storage Doors and Gold Accents

Stallion on Canvas Board with Ant Frame GoldLight Brown - Threshold™ designed with Studio McGee

Stallion on Canvas Board- Threshold™ designed with Studio McGee

Woven Fronts Nightstand

Woven Fronts Nightstand

Olive Metal Locker End Table with Door and 2-Shelves

Olive Metal Locker End Table with Door and 2-Shelves

Gymax End Table with Charging Station Industrial Nightstand Flip TopGymax End Table with Charging Station Industrial Nightstand Flip Top

Frame Plane Autocad Wall Art Frame Plane Autocad Wall Art

 Rustic Metal & Wood Side Table with Rolling Casters

Rustic Metal & Wood Side Table with Rolling Casters

The King' Wrapped Canvas Wall Art by Alex Zhao

The King Wrapped Canvas Wall Art by Alex Zhao

Rocky Movie Poster

Rocky Movie Poster

Fridge-Stand-Supreme-Black-Pipe-Frame-with-Black-Drawers

Fridge Stand Supreme – Black Pipe Frame with Black Drawers

5-Drawer Brown Oak Wood Lateral File Cabinet 5-Drawer Brown Oak Wood Lateral File Cabinet

Butterfly Chair Brown Real Leather

Butterfly Chair Brown Real Leather

Satin Nickel Indoor Bankers Lamp with LED Bulb

Satin Nickel Indoor Bankers Lamp with LED Bulb

Madrid 3-Drawer Black Matte Chest of-Drawers

Madrid 3-Drawer Black Matte Chest of-Drawers

White-Resin-Playful-Monkey-Table-Lamp

White Resin Playful Monkey Table Lamp

Touraco Dresser White Brown - Threshold

Touraco Dresser White Brown – Threshold

This gold finish 3-piece round sunburst mirror set gives a big look for a small price return.

3-Piece Round Sunburst Mirror Set in Gold Finish

3-Piece Round Sunburst Mirror Set in Gold Finish

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Pink Flower Crown Wall Mirror

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Sonoma Goods For Life® Shell Planter

Rectangular White and Gold 2 Drawers Computer Desk Writing Table Makeup Vanity Table

White and Gold 2 Drawers Computer Desk Writing Table

 

Tufted Office Chair With Faux Wood BaseTufted Office Chair With Faux Wood Base

Mainstays Plush Velvet Office Chair, Pearl Blush

Mainstays Plush Velvet Office Chair

Wicker Waste Basket in Pink HyacinthWicker Waste Basket in Pink Hyacinth

Mainstays 5 Gallon Trash Can, Plastic Office Trash Can, Pink Take Meowt

Mainstays 5 Gallon Trash Can, Plastic Office Trash Can, Pink Take Meowt

Big Joe Joey Bean Bag Chair, Plush

Big Joe Joey Bean Bag Chair, Plush

Wireless Mouse with 5 Buttons and Scroll Wheel

Wireless Mouse with 5 Buttons and Scroll Wheel

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“Find out who you are, and do it on purpose.”

—Dolly Parton

Light Pink Mini Modern Ceramic Texture Pastel Accent Bedside Table Desk Lamp with Matching Fabric Shade

Light Pink Mini Pastel Accent Bedside Table – Desk Lamp

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63ct Office Accessories Kit with Sticky Notepad – Blush & Gold

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Twizzler Cable 

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Dorm Decor Roommate Print

Handicrafts Tapestry

Original Gold Ombre Tapestry 

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First aid fix with several other good to know uses, isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) is a handy dandy item to include in your dorm digs essentials kit.

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Isopropyl alcohol cleans ink, oil, grease, and glue from surfaces.

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Linon Peggy 2-Drawer Writing Desk

Give the inside of your shoes a good misting with isopropyl alcohol to fight off odors and disinfect them.

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Clean a dry erase board by spraying isopropyl alcohol onto the board and quickly wiping off with a paper towel.

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Round Dry Erase Board with Gold Frame and Marble Print

Keyboards-phones-tablets have the ability of getting mighty funky over time and use. Always make sure to turn off computer and device before cleaning.

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Spray the tip of a cotton swab with isopropyl alcohol and simply swap and dab the keys to clean.  Allow to dry completely before powering up computer.

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To clean and disinfect your phone and/or tablet spray a small amount of isopropyl alcohol onto a microfiber cloth.  Gently wipe the glass/screen of your phone and/or tablet with cloth.

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Spritz bed pillows with isopropyl alcohol to disinfect and freshen.

Urban Shop Novelty Glass Mushroom Lamp, Orange Tortoise,

Urban Shop Novelty Glass Mushroom Lamp, Orange Tortoise

Flower Floor Pillow Seating Cushion

Flower Floor Pillow Seating Cushion

Light Woodgrain 4-Drawer Writing Desk with Built in Storage

Light Woodgrain 4-Drawer Writing Desk with Built in Storage

What’s a pretty on a penny dorm room decorista to do if a desk hits the form and function high notes but leaves a little something to be desired?

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Handle Pull Dresser Pulls

Handle Pull Dresser Pulls

Decorative hardware goes a long way in the fight against bland, and a can of gold spray paint or brass caster cups will color your world and furniture legs.

Personal Style Project Supply List:

  • screwdriver
  • decorative cabinet/drawer hardware

Using a screwdriver, remove existing hardware from door or drawer. Line up new hardware and once again using screwdriver secure new hardware into place.

Bow Damask Black Vinyl Matte Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Bahama Pink Bamboozled Peel & Stick Wallpaper

Bahama Pink Bamboozled Peel & Stick Wallpaper

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Enhancements such as lining drawers with peel and stick wallpaper in your choice of dorm dandy color, texture, and pattern selection takes the ordinary to extraordinary in no time flat.

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Packed Party “Think Pink” Plaid Peel-N-Stick Wallpaper

Packed Party “Pink You Can” Peel-N-Stick Wallpaper

Wood Wallpaper Wood Grain Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Black Wood Grain Contact Paper

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Techni Mobili Classic Computer Desk with Multiple Drawers, Grey

Regency Hill Malta Rustic Farmhouse Desk Lamp

Regency Hill Malta Rustic Farmhouse Desk Lamp

Better Homes & Gardens 6-Cube Storage Organizer, Tobacco Oak

Better Homes & Gardens 6-Cube Storage Organizer, Tobacco Oak

Retro Creative Radio Shape Flower Pot

Retro Creative Radio Shape Flower Pot

LED Desk Lamp Cordless Table Light,Rechargeable Battery Powered USB Charging Port

LED Desk Lamp, Rechargeable Battery Powered USB Charging Port

Distant Lands Handpainted Tiger Accent Vase

Distant Lands Handpainted Tiger Accent Vase

Acacia Wood Industrial Style Desk

Acacia Wood Industrial Style Desk

Perry Bentwood Office Chair Black Natural

Perry Bentwood Office Chair Black Natural

Take your desk chair transformation a DIY step further with a can of go for the gold spray paint.

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Better Homes & Gardens Large Natural Water Hyacinth Boat Basket

Heavy Duty Laundry Bag with Drawstring

Mamamax Ironing Board Cover and Pad

TOLKNING Laundry basket on wheels, handmade Willow

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Ice Cream Cone Hamper

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Laundry Essentials Checklist:

  • Hangers
  • Clothespins
  • Steamer
  • Wrinkle Release
  • Laundry Basket
  • Laundry Bag(s)
  • Mesh Bags
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Bleach
  • Stain Remover/Stain Remover Pen
  • Scent Booster
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Dryer Balls
  • Deodorizers

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Home Expressions 6pc Washcloth Set

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photography by Marty Baldwin

6 Cube Storage Organizer Cube Bookshelf Pink

6 Cube Storage Organizer Cube Bookshelf Pink

pink owl rattan storage basket with lid

Pink Owl Rattan Storage Basket with Lid

Command the no damage to the walls situation with 3M Command strips and hooks.

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Command-large-double-wall-hooks

Command Brand Double Hooks

 

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Pen+Gear Plastic Storage Box Set with Lids

Better Homes & Gardens 4-Cube Storage Organizer

Mainstays Collapsible Fabric Cube Storage Bins

Black 2pk Fabric Cube Storage Bin

Round Wire Basket With Handles

Compartment Faux Leather Valet Catchall Tray Organizer

Compartment Faux Leather Valet Catchall Tray Organizer

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20-Count Indoor Outdoor Incandescent String Lights, with White Cord, AC-powered, 6 Volts

20-Count Indoor Outdoor Incandescent String Lights

Spaceman Night Light, 7.5"

Spaceman Night Light, 7.5″

Rhode Island Novelty New Large Blinking 3-Sided Traffic Light Signal Lamp

Rhode Island Novelty New Large Blinking 3-Sided Traffic Light Signal Lamp

 

bluetooth Wireless Turntable with Built-in Speakers and USB

Bluetooth Wireless Turntable with Built-in Speakers and USB

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MVMT Hexagon Wireless Speaker

JBL Portable Bluetooth Speaker, Blue, Go 3

JBL Portable Bluetooth Speaker, Blue, Go 3

Rugsmith Transitional Novelty Novelty Black Coir Indoor, Outdoor Doormat

Rugsmith Transitional Novelty Novelty Black Coir Indoor, Outdoor Doormat

'Root For Your Self' Coir Doormat Black - Room Essentials™

‘Root For Your Self’ Coir Doormat Black – Room Essentials™

Modern Innovations Bedside Shelf for Bed

Modern Innovations Bedside Shelf for Bed

Crockpot™ 20-oz. Lunch Crock Food Warmer

Crockpot™ 20-oz. Lunch Crock Food Warmer

Tasty 3QT Family Size Microwave Popcorn Popper

Tasty 3QT Family Size Microwave Popcorn Popper

 Haden Heritage Electric Kettle

Haden Heritage Electric Kettle

''Game Tile'' Alphabet Wall Art

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Game Tile” Alphabet Wall Art

Honeywell Turbo Force Power Air Circulator Fan

Honeywell Turbo Force Power Air Circulator Fan

The Big One® Corduroy Floor Cushion

The Big One® Corduroy Floor Cushion

Boucle Mushroom Upholstered Storage Ottoman, Terracotta

Boucle Mushroom Upholstered Storage Ottoman, Terracotta

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Men’s Cruiser Bike

Getting there is half the fun.

Nel Lusso Classic Cruiser Bike with Perfect Fit Frame

Nel Lusso Classic Cruiser Bike with Perfect Fit Frame

ShedRain UnbelievaBrella Reverse Umbrella with Patterned Lining

ShedRain UnbelievaBrella Reverse Umbrella with Patterned Lining

Here’s hoping these dorm digs decor ideas and tips offer decorating inspiration.

Darleen-signature-love

The Thanksgiving Of It All

It dawned on me that going with my heart this year and decorating according to the current mood is exactly the theme for this year’s Thanksgiving of it all.

Nothing too elaborate or over the top, just simply going with tried and true pieces that speak Thanksgiving to me.

Thanksgiving of it all

Opening the cabinet doors of the section of the kitchen reserved for the good china and holiday appropriate plates proved to be the hardest part of the decorating plan.

Simple elegance is rooted in a cozy and comfortable ambiance.

sideboard-Thanksgiving-piecesTo me it simply isn’t a Thanksgiving table without serving pieces and figurines denoting a pheasant and turkey pattern.

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My great-grandmother, Mama Two, went to great measures to set a lovely Thanksgiving table each year she was with us.

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The Thrifted Table

Mama Two entertained and adorned with grace and what appeared an effortless command of the feast setting.  At least one pheasant and one turkey plate, platter, or figurine always found a planned path to the tabletop.

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Mismatched 6 Spoons Silverplate Teaspoons

Antique finds gathered over the years such as accent flatware pieces connect the dots to family tablescape traditions.

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Posts of Thanksgiving past prove my tried and true favorites don’t seem to waver.  Color combos and patterns continue to lean neutral to nature with at least one new or new to me addition added for good measure.

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Woodland Turkey Platter

Better Homes & Gardens Exposed White Clay Stoneware Drink Pitcher

Jadeite Green Glass Cake Stand with Loop Trim 

Antique J. H. W. & Sons Hanley England Serving Bowl

Mazie 20pc. Flatware

Hemlock Trails Cotton Quilted Round Reversible Placemat Set of 6

Ceramic Pumpkin Gravy Boat

In the Forest Owl Mixing, Measuring and All-Purpose Bowls, Set of 3

Linden Street Amber Glow Acorn Wood Serving Tray

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Something as simple as velvet ribbon and decorative feathers becomes a stunning choice of dinner napkin embellishment.

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Thanksgiving into Christmas 11 inch wreaths for use as chair wreaths or as decorative rings framing candles, serving bowls and/or cake stands.

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Lindsay Bowles Artist

Treasures found online and in store set a place for the unique and the uncommon.

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Treasure Chest

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Place cards zhuzh up the occasion.

DIY Thanksgiving Pear Place Cards

DIY Thanksgiving Pear Place Cards

Lovely place cards ideas range from fresh fruit au naturel or spray painted in your favorite holiday color.

Fall leaves and a Sharpie create festive place cards.

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Free printables such as this vintage brown turkey with fanned tail lend traditional beauty to the holiday table.

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The Graphics Fairy

How gorgeous is this pairing- get it?

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Good Housekeeping – Photography by Mike Garten

Roasted Pears

Ingredients

4 Bosc pears

2 tbsp Maple syrup

1 kosher salt and pepper

1 tbsp olive oil

½ cup walnuts, toasted

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Wash and pat dry pears.  Cut each pear in half lengthwise and remove seeds.

Place the pears on the baking dish, with the cut side facing upward.

Fill each pear with toasted walnuts. Drizzle olive oil and maple syrup over pears. Sprinkle with  salt and pepper.

Bake for 30 minutes or until soft.

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Jadeite continues to have its moment, and the Martha Stewart Highbrook Jadeite Glass Loop Cake Stand is poised to become a timeless remembrance.

Martha Stewart Highbrook Jadeite Glass Loop Cake Stand in Mint

Martha Stewart Highbrook Jadeite Glass Loop Cake Stand in Mint

Well, folks, that’s the Thanksgiving of it all.

Darleen-signature-love

Halloween Decorating Suggestions

Spooktacular Halloween decorating suggestions come in Halloween handy for the decorista who dares to bedazzle house and home in haunted fashion destined to thrill and delight the eye.

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Halloween is a prime time for showcasing your decorating creativity.

From fraught with frightful or a lavish display in spine-chilling style, doors, windows, fireplace mantels, staircases, porches, lawns, gardens, and sidewalks become prime players in a game of Halloween decorating dress-up.

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Affordable is the trick.

Eyeball Orbs

Eye-catching is the treat.

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Clear Skull Beverage Dispenser

I like a little fright mixed with a tad of harmless haunt so the theme appeals to kids of all ages.

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Decorative Crow

Stoneware Appetizer Plate - Threshold

6″ Stoneware Appetizer Plate – Threshold™

Crow Classic Litho Poster Size

“Crow” Classic Litho Poster Size

Doorstops and garden statues easily and eerily stand fabulous as centerpieces for the Halloween feast table or bar cart.

Design Imports Cast Iron Rat Doorstop

Design Imports Cast Iron Rat Doorstop

Sit this rat doorstop next to a cheese board and let the oohs and eeks ensue.

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Resin Owl

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Halloween Small Bat

The Cathedral Gargoyle Statue

Cathedral Gargoyle Statue

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Resin Skull Frog

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Black Stretching Cat

Be sure to add by Black Cat by Janet Jackson to your Halloween playlist.

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Seasonal, special event, and holiday decorating can wreak double, double toil and trouble on one’s wallet; top reason why I like to source and suggest items that pull double decorating duty.

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Magnolia Dried Wreath Brown – Threshold™
81 oz Stoneware Pumpkin Jar – Threshold™
10 oz Stoneware Pumpkin Jar White – Threshold™
9.5 in Crackle Glass Pumpkin Decor
Large Ceramic Pumpkin Rust – Threshold™

Pumpkin decor far exceeds the plastic orange jack-o-lantern decor of yesteryear.

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Although I still love the vintage and throwback to childhood days pieces, I am over the harvest moon for many of the new traditional offerings found on sites and retail shelves.

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Spiced Pumpkin 9.5 Ounce Candle

Take a spiced pumpkin candle in deep amber orange and pair it with a faux maple leaf wreath in candle ring fashion and voilà-  a fall themed pumpkin palace centerpiece.

Bring the spooky-the creepy-the painful memories of stepping on these as a kid with a scattering of sweet gum tree balls in close proximity to the wreath.

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Sweet Gum Tree Balls

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When the clock strikes midnight on November 1st these accents find new life added to your home for the Thanksgiving holiday decorative accessories list.

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Halloween Classics

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Pier Place Witch Shoes Candy Bowl

Pier Place Witch Shoes Candy Bowl

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Cookie jar?

Candy bowl?

Pick your poison.

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Halloween Medallion Wall Decor with Snake

Halloween Medallion Wall Decor with Snake

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About ten days from Halloween (or party date) pick up a dozen or two of roses.  I stick them in a vase with very little warm water, and allow them to wither and dry out.

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Come the day of the dead roses place the stems in a freakishly gorgeous vase.

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Tulle by the yard is my go-to inexpensive solution to table wraps and centerpiece accessory.

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Vintage style eyeglasses, a novelty pipe, magnifying glass, and a Victorian style top hat(Halloween decoration now, Christmas tree topper for the holidays) and you’ve got yet another themed Halloween decorating suggestions centerpiece.

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Ambiance is an essential component in the entertaining equation.

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Good Housekeeping

Halloween 3in x 6in LED Melting Candle

Halloween 3in x 6in LED Melting Candle

Flameless LED candles cast a (safe) spell and shadow of mystique.

Ghost Candleholder

Ghost Candleholder

Dim all the lights is not only a Donna Summer disco hit, but my lighting rule for an enchanting evening.

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String lights in your favorite color offer a soft glow to light the party night.

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Recycled Glass Pumpkin Cloche

Place lights inside a clear glass pumpkin jar with lid or under a collection of clear glass cloches to create a simple yet elegant lighting option.

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Delighted with the look this in the style of designer pillow cover and a flecked spider from the dollar store nesting atop offers.

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Uninvited guests visiting front porch haunts provide creepy-crawly effects.

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Skeleton Swizzle Sticks

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Pumpkin Punch Bowl

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Skull Beverage Dispenser

Whiskey Wine Skull Cup

Whiskey Wine Skull Cup

Bat Cork Wine Bottle Stopper

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Serving Halloween decorating suggestions for decades, the ever appropriate orange and black plastic jack-o-lantern pail makes for the perfect pumpkin ice bucket.

Acrylic Skull Bucket, Clear Iridescent

Way to Celebrate 4.5-Quart Acrylic Skull Bucket, Clear Iridescent

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Kitchen Ghosts

Halloween Harvest Punch

Ingredients

4  cups apple cider

4 cups cranberry juice

3  cups ginger ale

1  cup orange juice

½ cup fresh lemon juice

3 cinnamon sticks

ice

apple slices, raspberries, and melon balls for garnish

Directions

In a large punch bowl, add ice, apple cider, cranberry juice, ginger ale, orange juice, lemon juice, and cinnamon sticks. Stir to mix.

Serve in rocks glasses over ice.

Garnish with apple slice, raspberry, and melon ball.

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Skeletal Hand Plastic Cups

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Stackable Plastic Tumbler Cups, BPA Free, 8 Ounce, Red (Set of 4)

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Godinger Owl Stemmed Glasses Goblets, Drinking Glass – Set of 4

Moth Rocks Glass

Moth Rocks Glass

You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination.

Your next stop, the Twilight Zone and the buffet table.

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Royal Norfolk Black and White Dashed-Pattern Stoneware Dinner Plate

Halloween 52in x 90in PEVA Tablecloth - Critters & Insects

Halloween 52in x 90in PEVA Tablecloth – Critters & Insects

LED frog on skull tabletop decor

LED Frog on Skull Tabletop Decor

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Halloween Skeleton Tabletop Decor with Moths

Halloween Skeleton Tabletop Decor with Moths

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Mystic Eye Ouija Cutting Board

Halloween Cute Snack Bowl Stand,3-Tier

Halloween Broom Stand,3-Tier

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Pumpkin Wooden Appetizers Board
Halloween Stoneware Tombstone Serving Platter
3pc Stainless Steel Cheese Tool Halloween Set

Fun, frightful, and fabulous Halloween decorating suggestions offer affordable ideas and easy tips ready to help transform your home into the spooktacular showcase it’s sure to be.

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Welcome Fall Home

Today makes it official, friends. I am so excited to greet the season with accents and accessories, tastes and scents that welcome fall home.

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One would not know today is the first day of fall by the current weather in the Deep South.

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Hot and humid with temperatures rising lands us in full-on fallsummoween.

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High heat and humidity zaps the feel of fall, but apples paired with pears, cloves, and cinnamon offers the taste of fall refreshment.

Fall Fruit Facts: 

Did you know there are 7500 varieties of apples grown throughout the world with 1oo varieties grown commercially here in the United States.

Cinnamon (also called quills) is the perfect spice compliment to sweet and salty drinks and dishes.

Pears are members of the rose family (no, not the Rose family of Schitt’s Creek fame). Origins of the pear date back to 1000 B.C.

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Autumn Apple Pear Cinnamon Water

Ingredients

6 cups water

2 Gala apples cut into thin slices

1 Granny Smith apple cut into thin slices

1 pear (I used Bartlett) cut into thin slices

2 cinnamon sticks

3 whole cloves

Directions

Fill pitcher with water.  Add apple and pear slices, cinnamon sticks and whole cloves.  Give a quick stir to mix; cover and refrigerate overnight to allow flavors to blend.

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Why stop there?

Crisp mornings, afternoons, and evenings go splendidly with a warm beverage or warming cocktail.

Simple syrup or spiced concentrate added to your favorite fall hot or cold beverages amplifies the spice which in turn brings out the flavors so closely associated with fall.

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Vanilla Simple Syrup

Ingredients

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup water

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

In a small saucepan over medium heat bring all ingredients to a soft boil; cooking until sugar dissolves making sure to stir the entire time.

Remove from heat and allow to completely cool. Transfer syrup to a heat safe jar or container and store in refrigerator.

Autumn Spiced Concentrate

Ingredients

2 cups water

3 cinnamon sticks

3 whole cloves

Directions

In a medium saucepan bring water, cinnamon sticks, and whole cloves to a to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.

Your house will smell amazing during this part of the process!

Remove from heat and allow concentrate to cool before transferring to a heat safe jar or container.  Store in the refrigerator.

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Seasonal touches here and neutrals there decorate the dining room.

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Faux stems and bushes usually don’t tickle my fall decorating fancy, but this Japanese Maple bush from JOANN is absolutely lovely.

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Never underestimate the visual impact of the simple yet elegant seasonal décor accessory.

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DIY wreath project success means I like the way it turned out and find it too pretty to hang on the front door just yet, so it calls the foyer welcome fall home for now.

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Several posts ago I shared with you all my purchase and impending delivery of this Negative Oranges Framed Art Print from Kirkland’s Home.

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Don’t you love when an item you’re sure will work does just that.

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Our welcome fall home 2022 wishlist is almost complete.

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Vintage or in the style of vintage prints never fail to catch my eye.

Tennessee has really been on my mind and heart of late.

I purchased my first Anton Pieck print from an antiques shop in East Tennessee thirteen years ago, and last week I purchased this vintage Anton Pieck 3D Paper Art print of “The Ship” to add to the collection.

Hunting dog prints hung throughout my grandparent’s house, and the vintage porcelain figurine immediately took me back so in the cart it went.

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Pheasant Canvas Flat

Wishing my fellow fall fans a happy first day of fall is a Places In The Home tradition.

How do you welcome fall home?

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Decorating In Shades of Green

Befitting St. Patrick’s Day, today’s post shines the spotlight on decorating in shades of green.

Decorating in shades of green associates a natural beauty with a tangible balance that easily flows from space to space and shade to shade, complementing the core elements of design and décor.

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Lismore Castle – House & Garden- Photography by Andrea Jones

History proves blue the color originally associated with St. Patrick’s Day under the reign of Henry the VIII who claimed Ireland a kingdom in 1542.

Henry VIII of England, by Hans Holbein

With the formal creation of a new Kingdom, Ireland was appointed a coat of arms in the design of golden harp on a blue background.

It wasn’t until years later as a result of the Irish Rebellion in 1798 that green officially took notability as the color associated with St. Patrick’s Day.

Decorating In Shades of Green

“What color should be seen
Where our fathers’ homes have been
But their own immortal Green?”

— Author Unknown

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House & Garden – Photography by Simon Brown

Here’s a bit of color trivia:

Emerald green, a brilliant blue-green color, dates back in popularity to the mid-1800s.

Inexpensive to manufacture and therefore cheap to purchase, emerald green was a popular choice of household paint, and was widely used for patterned wallpaper.

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Ceara Donnelley Charleston Home – Photography by Brie Williams

Soon it was discovered one of the main components of the paint was arsenic, a chemical element when in an inorganic state proves severe.

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photography by Adam Albright

Damp spaces promoted the mold living in the wallpaper paste together with the arsenic to turn into a gas, creating a toxic environment.

It is believed Napoleon’s death in exile on St. Helena quite possibly was accelerated by his exposure to the Emerald green wallpaper decorating his favorite room.

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Some perceive the color connection between St. Patrick’s Day and the color green to the lush landscape of the Emerald Isle.

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“A color is as strong as the impression it creates.”

—Ivan Albright

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House & Garden – Photography Robert O’Byrne

I reached out to The Irish Aesthete, Robert O’Byrne, to ask his permission to use his photo of the marquetry floors in the grand salon at Ballyfin.

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The Irish Aesthete: Ruins of Ireland by Robert O’Byrne

He could not have been more gracious, and his knowledge of Ireland coupled with his visually stunning book, The Irish Aesthete: Ruins of Ireland by Robert O’Byrne, is quite impressive.

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Marquetry Floors of the Salon at Ballyfin, County Laois – The Irish Aesthete

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The Ruins of Kilcrea in County Cork – Robert Byrne

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Sarah Winchester Studios

Decorating in shades of green lends versatility and depth to the primary palette choice.

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Martha Stewart

“Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite
form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.”

— Oscar Wilde

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“Green is the prime color of the world,
and that from which its loveliness arises.”

— Pedro Calderon de la Barca

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“A color is as strong as the impression it creates.”

—Ivan Albright

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May the sun shine all day long
everything go right
and nothing wrong.
May those you love bring love back to you,
and may all the wishes
you wish come true.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

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Festive Halloween Decorating Ideas

Guests and ghouls alike will gasp with delight at these festive Halloween decorating ideas not too tame, not too terrifying.

It’s not too early to begin gathering festive Halloween decorating ideas and devilishly delightful goodies for your Halloween decorating extravaganza.

Bewitching decorative treasures festively bedeck your Halloween haunt for a day into night soiree of visual tricks and tasty treats.

Festive Halloween Decorating Ideas

Light the night and set a mood of stylish intrigue by illuminating your fright night soiree with distinctive lighting options.  

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Many moons ago I tricked out our kitchen and breakfast room in grand Halloween splendor.

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Black tulle, white taper candles, Spanish moss, a vintage candelabra, glass cloche, a decorative black crow, and magnolia leaves spray painted black dressed the night in fright and fun.

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Cat in Window Laser Cut Wood Tea Light Holder

Party possibilities range from pumpkin luminaries using clear glass cylinder vases to clear cylinder vases filled with moss, mini pumpkins and creepy plastic creatures thrown in for decoratively dreadful measure.

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You local dollar store is an excellent starting point for party needs or party decoration fillers.

Did you hear the recent news of a popular dollar store raising their prices from $1.00 per item to $1.25 – $1.50 to offset rising production/shipping costs?

Now I guess we’ll call these party decor go-to stores dollarish stores.

Regardless, if you’re anything like me you favor festive Halloween decorating ideas like the following that remain big on festive Halloween decorating ideas fun, not big on festive Halloween decorating ideas prices.

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Candles.

Natural Moss Mix

Natural moss mix.

glass cylinder vases

Glass cylinder vases.

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Faux flowers in dark and boo-tiful colors.

All of the above make delightful and frightful additions to captivating centerpieces.

Koyal Wholesale Compote Bowl Centerpiece Mercury Glass Antique Pedestal Vase

Koyal Wholesale Compote Bowl Mercury Glass Antique Pedestal Vase

Creepy chic.

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Heart Shape Form Bud Vase

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11″ Grapevine Witch Hat by Ashland®

Centerpiece ideas include classic orange and black Halloween decorating accouterments, fresh or faux festive flowers, and creepy and crawly spiders and snakes in hauntingly beautiful form with a hint of chilling chic compliments of a can or two of spray paint in your favorite color(s).

Halloween Decorative Sculpture - Hyde & EEK! Boutique™

Halloween Decorative Sculpture – Hyde & EEK! Boutique™

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Iron Boot Jack Cricket

Halloween tabletop decoration today, iron boot jack cricket hearth  decorative figurine tomorrow.

Assorted Eyeball Tabletop Accent by Ashland

Assorted 3.5″ Eyeball Tabletop Accent by Ashland®

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The top hat tips its hat to decoration triple duty.

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Primp it out for Halloween, tidy it up with a gold band and pheasant feathers for the perfect Pilgrim piece at Thanksgiving, and top it off with glitter stems at Christmas as a tree topper.

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Fun idea found on Pinterest.

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It reminds me of my dress painting adorning the dining room sideboard that I’ll drape sheer white lace over and backlight for a white wedding theme.

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Oh, and the eyes on you throw pillows will work into the night perfectly.

The call to edit and decorate with items you already have is coming from inside the house.

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Create a little tone on tone visual magic with a can or two of spray paint in your Halloween color of choice.

Begin with a grapevine or straw wreath.

Hunt and gather a harvest of dry leaves, stems, twigs, vines, and branches from nature’s arts-and-crafts-store (your yard).

Spray paint both sides of the crop and allow to completely dry.

Snake and intertwine your painted gathering work of decorating art down the center of the table in table runner fashion.

Painted wreaths become everything from a cake stand base to a candle ring.

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Scary chic, super affordable befitting centerpiece and table runner problem solved.

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Pumpkin Man Tabletop Accent by Ashland®

Dark and eerie rules the night for adults, but may prove to be frightening for younger attendees.

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Halloween Black Crescent Witch Sign

Vintage style decorations make an excellent choice of theme for a family-friendly soiree.

Tabby Cat Vase

Tabby Cat Vase

Halloween Candy Bowl Options

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Vintage Copper Pot – EBTH

Hammered Copper Party Tub

Hammered Copper Party Tub

I lost my head.

Grecian Bust Pot

A&B Home Visage Medium Cement Vase

Stoneware Pumpkin Serving Dish - Threshold™

Stoneware Pumpkin Serving Dish – Threshold™

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Pair a grapevine bird nest from the craft department with a black feathered crow found in the Halloween section for a spook-takular candy dish alternative.

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A cast iron cauldron pot fits right in with the trick and treat taste of Halloween.

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Large Black Cauldron
Alchemade Pure Copper Ladle

Serving ideas for party potions of the leaded and unleaded varieties include a bewitching large black cauldron, copper ladle, DIY beverage dispenser,  punch bowl made from a pumpkin, and of course, dry ice to create a special effect foggy look.

Kitchen Ghosts

Special effects cast a spell of delight for the eye at a Halloween happening.

Dry ice punch bowl recipe

The dry ice punch bowl recipe from SheKnows spells how simple and safe instructions on how to boil over the Halloween punch bowl or cauldron.

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Skull Beverage Dispenser

Dispensers and decanters in the Halloween spirit.

Glass Decanter Skull Patterned

Glass Decanter Skull Patterned

Shade Skull Decanter

Shade Skull Decanter

Foster & Rye Skull Liquor Decanter, Clear Glass Skull Shaped Whiskey Decanter with Stopper

Clear Glass Skull Shaped Whiskey Decanter with Stopper

Take a pumpkin, stick a spigot in it, and you’ve got a party pumpkin keg.

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DIY Pumpkin Keg

What You’ll Need:

large pumpkin

serrated knife

long handle spoon

marker pen

spigot

Directions

Begin by cutting the top off the pumpkin.  Set aside.

Using a long handle spoon, remove the pumpkin seeds and pulp.

Select where you want the spigot to be on the pumpkin.  Using the marker pen, trace a circle around the spot.

Being very careful, take the knife and cut the hole out for the spigot.  Make the hole the same size as tap to eliminate leaking from the opening.

Insert spigot into the hole and tighten.

Pour the fall seasonal beer or hard cider of your choice into the pumpkin and place the pumpkin top on.

Your beverage will pick up a slight to complementing pumpkin flavor, so select with that in mind.

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Smoking Blackberry Sage Margarita

Devilishly delicious drinks, anyone?

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Non-alcoholic Pumpkin Punch

Ingredients

8 cups apple cider

2 cups orange juice

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground cloves

2  15 oz cans pumpkin puree

For Garnish:

1 cup maple syrup

1 cup cinnamon sugar

cinnamon sticks

apple slices

star anise

Directions

In a medium sized saucepan, simmer cider, orange juice, cinnamon and cloves for 5 minutes.  Whisk in pumpkin puree until combined with other flavor and a smooth consistency is reached.

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Eat, Drink, & Be Scary Tumbler

For an extra blast of tasty fall flavor, rim glasses by dipping the rim into maple syrup first and then dip into cinnamon sugar mixture.

Garnish with a cinnamon stick, apple slices, and star anise.

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Cinnamon water is a delicious beverage option that’s as tasty as it is easy to make.

This stove top method brings out the flavor and color of the cinnamon.

Begin by adding 2 cinnamon sticks to 2 cups of water to a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes.

Allow concentrate to cool before adding to cold water and ice.

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TableTop King 10 oz Wine Glasses, Stemmed Style in Red, Set of 6

Skull Ice Cube Mold Tray

Skull Ice Cube Mold Tray

Tablewares and Serving Pieces

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Tarot cards make whimsical place cards.

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Select a Sharpie in a commanding color and personalize with guests name.

Tattoo Tarot Board Game Cards

Tattoo Tarot Board Game Cards

Eat, Drink and Be Scary Serving Platter - Threshold™

Eat, Drink and Be Scary Serving Platter – Threshold™

Delivery!

Target-package

6″ Stoneware Cat Face Appetizer Plate – Threshold™

Treasures found, ordered, and delivered today make me Halloween happy.

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When Halloween party hosting for twenty or less guests, and with Dave the Builder sharing KP duties, I go with “real” plates, utensils, glassware, etc…

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Royal Norfolk Orange Stoneware Plate

Dollarish store stoneware plates and plastic chargers in traditional Halloween colors stack up a wicked good look.

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Royal Norfolk Black Stoneware Plate

Super scary-cute-sweet Halloween theme plastic and paper tableware options are everywhere this time of year, and make an impressive showing and an easy clean-up undertaking.

Royal Norfolk Red Swirl Side Plate

Royal Norfolk Red Swirl Side Plate

Metallic Silver Scroll Charger Plate

Metallic Silver Scroll Charger Plate

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Leopard love!

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Leopard Print Charger Plate

This Mystic Eye Ouija Cutting Board is so unique.

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Mystic Eye Ouija Cutting Board

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Skeleton Tongs

Rats and cheese go together like a Halloween themed cheese board.

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Black Wood Rectangular Cheese Boards

Rubber rats straight out of the Halloween decorations aisle placed on a black cheese board create a deliciously eerie display most Halloween appropriate.

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Natural beauty pumpkins are simple to make and simply elegant when completed.

Simply heat up the old glue gun (caution, it’s hot!) and hot glue lush leaves to the pumpkin.

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I hope one or more of these tasty and festive Halloween decorating ideas tricks and treats your Halloween soiree spook-takular.

Fetching Friday: Pretty Sights All In A Scroll

Today’s Fetching Friday shines the spotlight on pretty sights all in a scroll. I find a visual respite from the unpleasant beautifully works to clear out the cobwebs and reset mind and soul.

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Luxe- Photography by Annie Schlechter

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Richard Keith Langham

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Janine Stone – House & Garden

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Utah Valley Bride

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Apt La Fayette

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Brides- Photography by Rebecca Yale

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Charlotte Moss – Flower Magazine

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Victoria Magazine

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Tucker & Marks

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Life is a beautiful experiment best served when we open our eyes, ears and hearts to the pretty sights all around us.

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